Pidgin is the most popular instant message client for GNU/Linux, Windows, and macOS. You can download Pidgin here https://pidgin.im/download. For Mac, check out Adium, the native build of Pidgin for Mac.
When you first start Pidgin, click the
Add... button to add an account.
(1) In the tab
Basic, set these values:
Username: your Riseup username
Password: your Riseup Passwords
Optionally, set the local alias as your name, optionally choose an icon for yourself. Other people will see this in their buddy list and when you message with them.
See the Off-the-Record Messaging tutorial for details on using end-to-end encryption with Pidgin.
Securing pidgin on GNU/Linux with “AppArmor”
For added security on Linux systems, we recommend you secure your pidgin following these steps:
- copy usr.bin.pidgin to
- restart apparmor
sudo /etc/init.d/apparmor restart
- restart pidgin
For configuring Pidgin to use Tor, you need to modify your account settings as follows:
Modify Account Settings…
Then click the
Advanced tab and set these values:
Connection Security: Require encryption
Connect Port: 5222
Connect Server: at Riseups list of .onion services look for
File Transfer Proxies: proxy.riseup.net
Then click on the
proxy type as
Socks5, set the host and port as shown in the image, and set your username and password.